DescriptionIn the Museum’s collection is a gold snake bracelet from the Macedonian and Ptolemaic period (332–30 B.C.). Its sinuous body, patterned with delicate scales, terminates in a finely wrought snake head. We have adapted the original snake bracelet to create this dramatic necklace.
24K gold overlay. Made in the USA. Lobster claw closure. Adjusts from 18'' to 20''L with extender chain.
- 24K gold overlay
- Made in the USA
- Lobster claw closure
- Adjusts from 18'' to 20''L with extender chain
Art HistoryAfter Egypt came under the rule of the Hellenistic Greeks (323–27 B.C.) and later became a province of the Roman Empire (after 27 B.C.), the snake became a fashionable jewelry motif. Two main types of serpent jewelry are represented in the Ptolemaic and Roman periods: one suggesting a realistic snake, with a head and a tail, and a second type with two snake heads. The snake had positive associations, particularly with Asclepius, a benevolent god of medicine and healing.